The Office of the State Fire Marshal's Community Wildfire Preparedness and Mitigation Division collaborates with federal, state, and local agencies, tribes, non-profit entities, and stakeholders to prepare California communities against wildfires. CAL FIRE develops strategies, conducts hazard inspections, and provides education and grants for wildfire prevention efforts, fostering prepared and resilient communities.

Community Wildfire Mitigation Assistance Statewide Clearinghouse Data Center

Our Community Wildfire Mitigation Assistance Statewide (CWMA) Clearinghouse hosts a wide array of documents, research articles, best practices, and other critical resources.


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Land Use Planning for Wildfires Trainings

CAL FIRE - Office of the State Fire Marshal's Community Wildfire Preparedness and Mitigation Division and the Community Wildfire Planning Center are excited to announced trainings in 2024.

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CAL FIRE Burn Permit Application

Apply for a burn permit through the CAL FIRE Burn Permit Application.


CAL FIRE maps significant fire hazard areas, known as Fire Hazard Severity Zones, to assist with wildfire preparedness and determine applicable risk reduction standards.
CAL FIRE's Land Use Planning Program collaborates with CA communities and local government agencies to address the risk of wildfire by providing personalized assistance in updating Safety Elements (General Plans) and the application process to become a recognized NFPA Firewise USA Community.
CAL FIRE's Wildfire Public Education Program, established by Assembly Bill 9, conducts outreach to regional and local wildfire mitigation groups, ensuring compliance and informing stakeholders about relevant laws and regulations.
Wildfires in California can be minimized by using building construction methods that reduce building ignition and maintaining defensible space.
Defensible space and home hardening are crucial for homes to withstand wildfires, providing a buffer between buildings and surrounding vegetation while protecting against embers, flame contact, and radiant heat.

The 2018 Strategic Fire Plan for California focuses on fire prevention, suppression, and natural resource management to reduce wildfire hazards and protect lives, property, and ecosystems.

Assembly Bill 2911 identifies existing subdivisions at significant fire risk and requires recommendations for improving fire safety, especially in areas without secondary egress routes.

CAL FIRE's Utility Wildfire Mitigation Program aims to mitigate wildfires caused by electric utilities, working with energy safety agencies and maintaining resources for power line inspection and prevention.

CAL FIRE's Wildfire Prevention Grants Program funds projects in fire-threatened communities, focusing on protection, hazardous fuel reduction, prevention planning, and education for public health, safety, and emission reduction.